The Centre plans to procure advanced aerial surveillance equipment, including foliage penetration radar, to monitor the activities of Naxals who operate in thick forests in Chhattisgarh and other areas, in the wake of the killing of 25 CRPF men.
The foliage penetration radar is the need of the hour and the government was looking for its procurement as early as possible, a senior Home Ministry official said. Continue reading
The Centre tonight said it was in the process of procuring nearly 250 bullet and mine protected vehicles for use by the security forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh. It also said 45,000 central paramilitary personnel and 20,000 state policemen were deployed in Bastar region, which saw maximum Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh.
Reacting to media reports, the home ministry said in a statement that it is factually not correct to observe that lack of financial resources is a reason for casualty of valuable lives of police and CRPF personnel in the battle against Left-wing extremism. Continue reading
A private helicopter carrying CoBRA commandos today crash landed near a CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district resulting in minor injuries to five occupants.
Officials said two officers and a commando of the elite jungle warfare unit of the CoBRA were among five people who received injuries after the crash took place around 5:30 PM near the Chintagupha camp of the paramilitary force, deep in the Naxal hotbed of south Bastar. Continue reading
India seems to be inclined towards taking the humanitarian approach to save life of former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav as on Wednesday the Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad handed over an appeal by his mother against the death sentence and desired to meet him.
Along with this India put in 16th request for consular access to Jadhav, who New Delhi alleges is in detention in Pakistan on “concocted” charges. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday suspended 22 social media sites, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, for a month as students’ protests and unrest refused to die down in the restive state.
The order by the home department came amid an existing ban on 3G and 4G mobile services. The services were suspended on April 17. Broadband has also been reduced to 2G speed.“Any message or class of messages to or from any persons or class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in the Kashmir valley, with immediate effect, for a period of one month or till further orders, whichever is earlier,” the government said in the order. Continue reading
India on Wednesday demanded consular access to its citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav to further pursue his case, including launching an appeal against the death sentence+ given to him by a Pakistani military court on spying charges.
However, Pakistan refused to comply with the demand saying the 46-year-old Indian national was a spy and not covered under the bilateral agreement on consular access.Indian high commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale on Wednesday met with Pakistan’s foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua and sought the consular access to Jadhav. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
A 24-year-old battle-hardened Maoist commander has emerged as the likely mastermind behind the massacre of 25 CRPF troopers in Chhattishgarh, police said on Wednesday, as the focus shifted to repeated intelligence failures that have led to severe losses for security forces battling rebels in the hotbed of Left-wing insurgency.
Madvi Hidma, who heads the first military battalion of the CPI (Maoist), likely planned and executed the ambush on the group of CRPF personnel in south Sukma on Monday, police said. Six other jawans were also injured in the Maoist attack, the worst on security personnel since 2010 when 75 CRPF soldiers were killed in Dantewada. Continue reading
The Army on Wednesday released the confessional statement of Liaquat Ali, infamously known as Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former spokesperson of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The video brought forth some startling revelations, including the claim that the TTP and JuA have been coordinating with Indian and Afghan security agencies to move freely in Afghanistan and have been guided by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s apex spy agency, in infiltrating into Pakistan. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Pierre de Bausset, Airbus India’s President and Managing Director, said the government has to start placing large-scale contracts to boost manufacturing in the defence sector. In an interview with BusinessLine, he said Airbus has offered ?5,000 crore as potential investments which will come in when it obtains defence programmes from the government. Excerpts:
What is the update on your collaboration with Mahindra for military helicopters manufacturing? Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Pushing for greater collaborative efforts to defeat terrorism in the region, Shaida Abdali, Afghanistan Ambassador in India, called for a trilateral strategic dialogue between India, Afghanistan and the U.S.
He said that the idea of trilateral strategic dialogue was long discussed but was never operationalised. “Reactivation of that strategic dialogue especially in the context of the war on terrorism is highly desired. The three of us are affected a lot by the phenomenon of terrorism and can decide on a strategy while taking others in the region along for a more effective strategy,” Dr. Abdali said speaking at Brookings India on Tuesday. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE STAR
China is about to launch its first homebuilt aircraft carrier, once the tidal conditions are right at the dock where the vessel has been under construction in Dalian. Weighing 70,000 tonnes and 315m long and 75m wide, the still unnamed carrier is slightly larger than the Liaoning, China’s only other aircraft carrier, which was made in Ukraine.
Although the launch has been heralded by some as a sign that China is mastering naval technology, other military observers have noted China still only has about 4% of the United States’ naval capability. Continue reading
The Ministry of Home Affairs will discuss Jammu and Kashmir’s law and order situation in today’s meeting, where Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Agency are expected to participate.
Chairing a meeting of Unified Headquarters yesterday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti directed the security agencies to undertake youth counselling and ensure that no collateral damage takes place while dealing with the day-to-day law and order situations. Continue reading
SOURCE: TNN BLOG
With tensions high in Kashmir and India’s relationship with Pakistan reaching a new low with the death sentence to former navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, independent Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who is also a member of the parliamentary standing committee on defence and NDA vice chairman for Kerala, spoke to Anam Ajmal on why India must shift to a more hardline posture. Chandrasekhar had earlier proposed a private members’ bill to declare Pakistan a terror state but that has not fructified:
What is your take on the widespread violence in the Kashmir Valley, and an army unit’s use of a human shield while trying to rescue another security detachment in Gundipora, Budgam? Continue reading
The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) is working with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop technology for defence purposes. In its report, The Economic Times has listed out some of the projects being worked on at IIT-D, and these include blast-resistant materials, ballistic helmets and more.
The ET report describes a blast-resistant material that IIT-D is working on. It’s called aluminium cenosphere syntactic foam and is designed to be placed on structures to protect them from damage when there is a bomb blast. Continue reading
The test flight of Boeing’s second T-X trainer aircraft, in a partnership with Saab, took place on April 24th. The plane is marketed as a platform for advanced pilot training, with the US Air Force considered its primary customer.
“The jet handled exactly like the first aircraft and the simulator, meeting all expectations,” Boeing Test Pilot for Air Force Programs Matt Giese said in a press release. “The front and back cockpits work together seamlessly and the handling is superior. It’s the perfect aircraft for training future generations of combat pilots.” Continue reading